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A KANO SCHOOL PAINTING OF KANZAN AND JITTOKU Japan,...

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A KANO SCHOOL PAINTING OF KANZAN AND JITTOKU Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Ink and watercolors on paper. Set inside a vintage frame, behind glass. Depicting the two famous immortals Kanzan (Hanshan) and Jittoku (Shide), the latter holding a broom, as the duo raise their head to observe the moon. Image SIZE 26.6 x 11 cm, SIZE incl. frame 47 x 35.2 cm Condition: Good condition with minor wear and minor smudges. Few wormholes. Firmly mounted on a paper frame. Provenance: Ex-collection Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt. A copy of a receipt, dated July 1981, attributing the work to Kano Michinobu (1730-1790) and stating the value of the present lot to “DM 1,800“, accompanies this lot. Theodor “Teddy” Hahn was a well-known and respected collector of netsuke and other Asian works of art. After spending time in museums to study the early cultures of the world, finding particular interest in their sculptures, he began collecting, remarking, ‘I somehow knew it would have a profound influence on my life. How right I was. And how happy I have been.’ Auction comparison: Compare a related painting of Kanzan and Jittoku, by Kano Eino (1631-1696), at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 November 2015, London, lot 203 ( sold for GBP 3,500).